Woodlark Island couldn't follow up his Wincanton success at Taunton last time but his amateur rider's claim puts him on a decent mark here and he makes more appeal than the mares Lucy's Legend and Illysantachristina, who looks to be in the handicapper's grip. Four-year-olds Saqil and Hope Point don't look badly treated but successful pointer Superman De La Rue has his fair share of weight and this trip is on the sharp side for Orion Express. OFFICER IN COMMAND has been in good form on the all-weather this month and if he's ever going to win over hurdles it will be at a sharp track like this on fast ground. With McCoy in the saddle, he looks the one to beat.
Illysantachristina 20-1 (10-4) Held up, headway 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, 8th of 9, 47l behind Mister Hyde (11-11) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy.
Don't Look Bach (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Led, headed approaching 7th, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 10, 37l behind Lieutenant Miller (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Lucy's Legend (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, went 3rd before 3rd, ridden before 2 out, went 2nd soon after 2 out, stayed on same pace and no impression, clear 2nd best, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sir Roger (11-7) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Superman De La Rue (FR) 4-6 (12-0) Made all; drew clr 14; unchall, won at Lydstep 3m ptp gs in Apr, 4 ran.
Woodlark Island (IRE) Evensfav (11-9) Reluctant to race, soon led, pushed along 4 out, headed after next, staying on same pace when mistake last, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Millers Reef (11-2) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) fm in Mar.
Orion Express 40-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, lost place before 4th, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Diamond's Return (10-13) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Ban Uisce (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, soon tailed off, 8th of 9, 49l behind Diamond's Return (10-13) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Saqil (USA) 80-1 (11-2) Led until 2nd, pushed along approaching 4th, soon lost touch, tailed off before 3 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Hinterland (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 3yo hdl (1) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Hope Point 8-1 (11-2) Pulled hard in rear, under pressure 5th, soon beaten, last of 6, 24l behind Ozeta (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f Fillies Juvenile Hurdle (4yo) (4) gf in Mar.
Officer In Command (USA) 14-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 8th of 11, well behind Amazing Star (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Union Saint (FR) 33-1 (10-7) Always behind, tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Weekend Millionair (11-1) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Holden Caulfield (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) In touch, went 3rd after 3 out, no impresssion on leading duo, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 11, 10l behind Cinevator (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Mr Bachster (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Slight lead, already headed when jumped slowly 2 out and soon lost 2nd, weakened before last, 6th of 12, 15l behind Sir Roger (11-7) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.